New Bedford Police responded to a report of gunshots around 12:30 p.m. to the area of Liberty and Smith Street, near the Oak Grove Cemetery and Westlawn housing development.

There, they found a 23-year-old man, suffering from one gunshot wound to the buttocks.

He was transported to an area hospital.

The victim was uncooperative with police, and they are unsure if the gunshot was self-inflicted or a by another party. Police are searching the cemetery where the victim said he was at the time of the gunshot.

This is considered an active investigation.